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Old 12-04-2006, 05:48 PM   #11
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Default Re: Tracking board question -- including for CE

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I'm glad to hear that. The article scared the **** out of me. I guess like everything else Hollywood, the power of tracking boards to make or break a fledgling career is largely myth.
Thank God.
I, too, trust CE a lot more than Wired to know -- and communicate -- the truth.
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Old 12-04-2006, 05:58 PM   #12
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Writers are as popular as their current script. Even if the boards kill a spec sale, a fledgling writer will be given another chance after he writes his next script.


The sound you're hearing is 100 aspiring writers moving closer to the ledge.
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Old 12-04-2006, 06:50 PM   #13
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the Wired article was a fanciful advertising feature for Filmtracker.

majorty of boards track perfunctory information, going out dates, etc.

I expect the tracking "pandemonium" Steinberg refers to in his article was equally perfucntory (and fanciful). Reading between the lines of his write-up all that seems to have materialised was an internecine bidding war at Destination Films? Beware hype. The deal "for deposit only" was actually $200K, with the balance deferred for twelve months--probably to give Destination time to get more deficit finance together from their insurers. It's public knowledge that they had little cash due to the way the business was structured.

It was great for Steinberg but how much did tracking have to do with it? Would a company have been persauded by the "pandemonium" to put down even 200K of their own dosh if so few people were actually bidding? I wouldn't let Steinberg's story give you too much hope, since the demise of Destination the fanciful insurance-backed financing that bankrolled his fat payday is no longer part of the Hollywood equation.
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Old 12-04-2006, 07:01 PM   #14
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ps after you've checked out the dd threads there are plenty of contentious tracking threads or questionable value to a new screenwriter in the dev forum archives. Just search for "tracking":
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